Aion Goes Free-to-Play in Europe; Pay-to-Play Model Continues to Die
The times, they are a-changin’.
The death knells for pay-to-play MMOs continue to sound as another big name in the genre transitions into the increasingly popular free-to-play model. In Europe, at least. Starting in February, Aion’s monthly subscriptions will be dropped and the basic game content will be available to you for free from the start.
Many believe that SWTOR will be the last big MMO to launch with a pay-to-play business model, and even World of Warcraft has dipped a toe in the free-to-play pool by letting new players level up to 20 before being charged.
I’ve always been opposed to subscription-based games, but will the age of free-to-play see a deluge of subpar MMOs?